Maxim Pyadushkin writes:
Russian Air Force rearmament is gaining pace. A few days after ordering 64 Sukhoi fighters, including 48 Su-35S, 12 Su-27SM and 4 Su-30M2, the military placed a massive order for air-launched weapons. The contract, worth RUB6 billion (about $190 million) was signed during the MAKS-2009 air show on August 21 by Air Force commander Gen-Col Alexander Zelin and Tactical Missiles Corporation (TMC) chief Boris Obnosov.
Zelin explained that the deal includes the delivery of 14 types of weapons for engaging airborne, land and sea targets. He said that the new missiles will be installed on new Su-35S fighters and modernized MiG-31BM interceptors. Deliveries are to be completed within two years.
RVV-MD missile at MAKS-2009 (Maxim Pyadushkin)
Neither the military nor TMC specify what kind of missiles are included, but Zelin mentioned the Kh-31 (AS-17) anti-radar missile and Kh-35 (AS-20) anti-ship missile. A TMC representative explained to Ares that the order also includes new types unveiled at MAKS-2009.
TMC showed a modified Kh-35UE, with its range doubled to 260 km, as well as short-range RVV-MD and medium-range RVV-SD air-to-air missiles. According to Sukhoi, the Su-35 can carry the following TMC products: R-27, R-73 and RVV-AE air-to-air missiles, Kh-29 and Kh-59MK land attack missiles and KAB-500 and KAB-1500 smart bombs.